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in connecticut, the governor calling it the worst-case scenario, telling towns to brace for storm surge. and molly keeping an eye on things for us in new london, connecticut. molly, what's the situation there? >> reporter: you know, rick was telling us how the worst of the storm is over, but there is a lot of danger here. that's the central point that the connecticut authorities have been trying to make to keep people off the roads. the governor went so far to close the highways to all non-essential emmeees. and they still want people to stay off the roads. here's why. massive, massive trees are down, across much of connecticut, particularly here in new london, connecticut. huge trees. a lot of debris on the roads. these kind of mon spheres -- monsters right into homes and they are taking out por lines. that's what make its so
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dangerous, the big tree, downed power line and it is debris on the road. the things you can't see in the dark and the things the utility companies won't be able to get to, possibly until daylight. there is still about 500,000 to 600,000 people without power, largely due to the situations like this. that situation is constantly changing, they are working to get people back up and the power back online, so the things slowly get back to normal. but the situation remains pretty dangerous because of things like this. >> wow. talk to us did the displaced people. there were some evacuations that were voluntary. how many folks have actually left the area? >> reporter: you know, at about 9:15 tonight, the governor stepped up to the plate yet again and said all of those folks down at the shoreline, they had asked people to leave at their own will, very early in the day in the low-lying areas. but about 9:15, the governor said, anybody that is still down there needs to get out.
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he called the officials across the state to call on their police departments to make this mandatory. we were down at the shoreline this evening and they came by and said, hey, there could be a really big storm surge up to an additional 5 feet in the next half hour, we need to you to move to higher ground as soon as possible, so we did. it is hard to say how many people in that last burst of energy, near the end of the night moved to other places. but there are hundreds of people in shelters tonight. there is an incident in one shelter, where the generator was failing and they had to move, fairly quickly, about 60 people to another shelter. so precarious situation, a lot of people not in their homes, facing situations like this. no power and a lot of cleanup to come. >> in new london, connecticut, thanks very much. >> we were warned, of course, that it would be a monster of a storm. and in the past several hour, predictions about sandy have all been proven true. here's what the 900-mile-wide
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system looks like at this hour. it's classified as a post tropical storm. but forecasters say, don't be fooled by that designation. sandy continues to pack hurricane-force winds and is likely to touch 50 mill yen people before it peters out. we have the latest new from the extreme weather center. very busy night for you, rick? >> reporter: you know, some of the statistics are scary. 79 people have died from sandy, between the caribbean and into the u.s., at this point. i am seeing reports, you can maybe confirm this, but i am seeing over 5 million people without power. that number will continue to rise. i have a really ugly graphic. i normally wouldn't show you something that looks this odd. i ran all the warnings and watches of some type that are out there right now. you can see, between wind and flooding and coastal flooding and snow and blizzards, this is what we have going on from this one storm from parts of illinois, back towards maine, down to georgia in across the
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deep south. very remarkable. this is where the center of the storm is. you look at wind barbs and you can see that across pennsylvania. but a concerning thing, you see the wind from the southeast. that means we still are pushing water in towards parts of the new york harbor, as well as the water that comes down the long island sound. it doesn't have anywhere to go because of the geography, the way the coastline goes. so even though the storm-- the tide has gone down, we are headed towards low tide now. the water has moved in towards new york harbor and as well as the long island sound gets stuck in here. so when we get next high at 9:00 in the morning, we are likely going to see an additional round of flooding in lower manhattan. this is incredible. take a look at some of the pictures that have been here, into lower manhattan, just in the last couple of hours. this right here is the tunnel that connects lower manhattan to brooklyn, water has gone into that tunnel. it is flooded. take a look at the next picture
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we have. these are scenes from down in the lower east side of cars completely submerged. it is hard to imagine, this is water that has overflowed the banks of the hudson or the east river on the east side of town. these are the images that you see. very scary one, right here. this is more of the water coming in towards -- just funneling quickly in towards the tunnel there. but some big concerns for the subway systems. this is hoboken, new jersey, on the other side of the river from manhattan. people take this train every day to get in from jersey in towards manhattan. it connects down toward the world trade center site. water pouring in through those door there is. that's salt water. it's going to corrode things. they have to pump it out and clean everything out. that makes big concerns about when we can get everything back online. we're still dealing with the storm. i said the last time we talked -- is it getting better isn't storm is weakening. that doesn't mean we are out of
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harm's way by any means. we have more rain and heavy winds going in again across manhattan, in toward the hudson river valley. very heavy snow across parts of the central appalachians. we will see very significant snow drifts, a lot of activity here and major problems there. temperatures, all the people without power, the temperatures are plummeting, 33 in charleston, west virginia, 43 in d.c., we may see a few snowflakes tomorrow night in d.c., so for the people without power, you are going to be very cold. >> rick, as a meteorologist, standing there today, did you think you would be looking at a map like that, talking about blizzard condition, hurricane-force winds, massive flooding and massive power outages and record storm surges as well? >> reporter: umm, no. the true answer is no. when the storm started forming, typical thinking this time of year, the storm should stay out to sea, even last week, our
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executive producer said, what do you think will happen? i said, i think it will stay out to sea. we shouldn't be talking about this. i was certainly wrong 7 or 8 days ago on this. it is hard to imagine that this happened. you don't see generally a storm moving to the west like this. there is a big area of high pressure, out across the atlantic that has block t.d we have a big cold front drive diving in that got stuck between the two and pulled in. no, i would never expect t. i am certain we will never see it again -- or i will never see it again in the time i am doing this business. >> once in a lifetime or once in a long time. >> rick, because you said that, i didn't buy the generator when i should have -- [chuckles] -- >> eventually, i had to buy a generator, but it doesn't arrive until friday, which is going to be late. >> are you out of power at your home? >> we are out of power, my wife and children are huddled in the basement with no power.
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>> but they are safe. >> but they are safe. >> that's the important part. >> i am kidding you, pal. but they are in the basement, huddled without power. >> a lot of families concerned about family members. we are glad yours are okay. >> i just talked to them. earlier, the coast guard had to rescue 14 people from life rafts about 90 miles off hatteras, north carolina, after the ship they were on sunk in the storm, the 180-foot ship was a replica of the three-masted-tall ship hms bounty which was used in the 1960s movie -- who can forget that one? one coast guard rescuer said this was really a tricky process. >> they're on a life raft. >> okay. >> on the way, we can get them out is pulling them out one at a time and putting them in the basket and taking them up. >> one woman who was a descendant of fletcher christian drowned and the captain of the ship is still missing.
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the storm surge is one of the greatest worries for authorities throughout the storm zone. coast guard commander ken piro is here on the telephone from staten ihand, new york. commander, thank you very much. i know you don't have a lot of informs about the bounty, so i won't ask you about that. but how are the ships doing there? >> caller: gregg, right now in the court of new york, we have restrictions set, so there are very few ships moving around. the only thing that we have moving in the port right now is a few tug boats that are tracking down barges that have broken loose and are being pushed around the harbor by the winds. we also tried to get a couple of our coast guard cutters underway to get them to rescues off the coast. but they got pushed back because the weather was so bad. so we couldn't get out past the bridge. >> what is your biggest concern right now in. >> right now, safety and life. we have over 47 different
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reports of 150 people in... in situations where they need some sort of assistance, whether it's -- whether they are in a life-threatening situation or they are merely inconvenienced by having water in their house and they can't get out of it. but we are -- right now, we are looking at all of those, prioritizing what we are going to do when the weather breaks and we can get helicopters into the city. >> what do you expect to be the most difficult rescues to be? >> well, right now, we know of a few people who have -- are getting hypothermic. there are some families with children that we're concerned about. we know that the new york police department and the fire department in new york are also out there. they are inundated with calls. they have many more than the call that came directly to us. and so, there is a lot of people out there who do need some help right now. we are going to have -- we can't get to them and neither can the police or the fire department right now.
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we will wait for the weather to break and daylight to come. >> so what do you -- tell those people? can you communicate with them? >> well, the way we are communing with them is via cell phone, as long as their cell phones at a so, we can keep contact with them and make sure things are going good for them, giving them advice and encouraging them to wait until rescueirs can get to them. hopefully, in the meantime, the major part of the surge has hit us and has begun to recede. hopefully, they will -- by the time daybreak come, the water will recede to where they can help themselves. >> advice do you give them? i know it probably varies from situation to situation, though. what -- go to the highest floor in your home and stay there? is that what you tell them? >> absolutely. try and get up on top of furniture, if you are in a one-story building, get up to the second floor, if you can. these are people who chose to
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stay behind and the flood zone and the evacuation areas. so we are -- what we are trying to do now is continue to give them advice and hopefully, they are going to heed. >> are there going to be people on top of their roofs, do you think? >> that -- that is a possibility. in all the cases we have, we do have some people trying to get on their roofs or get into their attics and onto the roof. >> coast guard commander ken piro. listen, best of luck to you and all the men and women of the coast guard who do such extraordinary work and our hats are off to you. we watch you do this all the time. you folks are incredible. thank you for taking a few moments to speak with us. thank you. in the meantime, life-saving measures in the midst of a killer storm. they are feeling the destructive force of sandy along the connecticut coastline. we are going to tell you why the governor there has told
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new england, flooding a major problem. we have someone from the massachusetts emergency management with us, live. he can bring us up to date on the situation there. are you there? >> caller: yes, i am. >> thank you so much for joining us. we know you are very busy. if you can describe the conditions for us, at this hour. >> caller: right now, the conditions have improved quite a bit throughout the state. the storm has quieted down quite a bit. we did have some isolated flooding and a few evacuations along our southern coast and we are can you remember have about 340,000 without power. >> i know that governorra patrick spoke earlier and said he was cautiously optimistic that the massachusetts bay transportation authority, which is shut down at this hour, would be able to reopen tomorrow. what about transportation? >> well, the latest i have heard about that is that it looks like they will be able to start in the morning at the regular commuting time, with just a few
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minor disruptions. >> what about offices and residents, in terms of evacuations? did have you any? when will they be allowed back home? >> caller: there have been a few small pockets of evacuations along the southern coast. but on a large scale, nothing too big. we have some shelters open, but with very few people in those shelters. as far as businesses getting back to work, there is a delayed start in the morning for the -- the state government and the governor had urged other businesses to act accordingly. >> yeah, i understand that is a 10:00 a.m. start time at this point for state offices there in massachusetts. what about any injuries or any deaths being reported as a result of sandy? >> >> caller: well, we have quite fortunate in that we have no injuries or deaths reported, that have been attributed to the storm. >> any advice for resident this is evening, even though it does appear you have been spared the brunt of any damages?
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>> caller: we still have 342,000 without power. we ask that those folks be patient. and be safe. you know, try to stay away from downed lines. downed trees and so forth and be patient as the workers get out there to try to re-establish the power to them. >> all right. thank you so much for joining us. we appreciate. it we know that it's a busy night for you. travis hingin from massachusetts. caller: thank you very much. >> let's take a look at delaware, where the national guard has been patrolling the flood zones there. they are looking for stranded victims in low-lying area, people told to leave. they had been told really for days now. some 30,000 people are in the dark. the water is quickly rising. one of the really beautiful areas in delaware, that people flock to during the summertime, is rehoboth beach. kelley wright is standing by where the waves are crashing as
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you can see. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: well, gregg, the reason we came out here because we thought it was a little safer to come out now. we didn't want to take any chances. but you can see that the waves are still crashing. they are not as violent as they were when they were hitting swells of 6 to 10-foot waves coming in, doing a lot of damage to the surf and the sand. this is an example of some of that damage. this fencing that you see here is actually fencing to actually go around the dunes to protect the dunes. the dunes that they built here along rehoboth are for one purpose, that is to protect beach erosion and to maintain the -- the safety of the beach area. and john is showing you some examples of that. but look how twisted this is. this is from wind and wave damage. to give you a good idea of how strong this storm was, as it pounded this rehoboth beach.
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the good thing is that many people had been evacuated and looking down this way, towards the boardwalk, you can see that the lights are still on, gregg. that's a very important thing. that means the crews have been working throughout the night to help this area stay well lit and to stay covered, in terms of the darkness to make sure there is light here along the pathway of the boardwalk. the boardwalk received very little damage, by the way. we will walk over here and show you how secure it is, except for this hole here. i want to make sure that john watches out for that. that's beach erosion. watch your step there. but the boardwalk here, as you can see, it's solid. it's intact. now, further down, there is some flooding. we can't get to that flooding right now. we will be able to get to it throughout the day when the daylight becomes available and in neighboring towns like lewis, which received some flooding. property damage here along the shoreline. that's solid wood, plank.
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these are plank. this is all plank wood they put up here. but they boarded these windows to be sure there wouldn't be any storm damage. so people here in delaware dodging a big bullet from super storm sandy and they will be able to talk about it as the massive storm that hit the area. they were wise to follow the governor's advice to hunker down. one official said, if you see the waves run, if you hear the wind, hide. and as you can see, we are the only ones out here of we are not running or hiding because we are telling all of the stories about what happened here in delaware. and we're happy to say that there has been no loss of life and no serious injury. we will continue to keep you updated from lovely rehoboth beach. >> you know, it is lovely. i lived for a few years in del marva, salisbury, maryland. i used to always go -- i used to
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always go to rehoboth, even during the wirpt time. there is lots of things to do. but there is going to be some economic damage to this, right? >> reporter: oh! have you that right. i don't want to vent tower guess how much it's going to cost and in fact, i am glad you brought that up, earlier today, there were some emergency officials taking pictures of the boardwalk and looking at the area because they have to assess what's going to go on in terms of how much they will have to dig deep into their pockets to take care of this. and mind you, they're prepared for it because they have declared themselves as a disaster area. so they will get some help from the federal government. but a lot of this, they realize will cost them, again, i don't want to venture to number, but at least $10 to $20 billion, not in delaware, but all throughout the region hit by super storm sandy. delawareville its fair share of what will it cost to replenish
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the beach and to make sure that the boardwalk is safe and intact, as well as to deal with the flood areas that they will have to actually go in and recover people from the area, the national guard, they were smart at dover air force base, getting the important planes out of the way, out of harm's way. they flew those out earlier. so a lot of people used their heads wisely, all up and down the eastern seaboard. they were prefaired for -- prepared for this. hopefully twon't be as devastating in this area as it has been to our neighbors up north. that's a really sad thing. our hope and our prayers go to the people suffer from this damage, just to the north of us in new jersey and new york. >> yeah. absolutely. all right. hang in there. we will check back with nujust a moment. want to switch gears now and talk about what is happening in some of the hospitals in the area. they're having to deal, to some extent with perhaps injuries, associated with sandy. let's bring in ernie patti on
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the phone. dr. patti, of course, the director of the emergency room in the bronx. and doctor, you are going to be there all night, right? >> caller: yes, good morning. how are you? >> i'm fine. thank you. now, what are you anticipating? >> caller: well, we are here, fully staffed and fully operational. we are -- what we are anticipating is possibly people who are injured, say from flying debris, or from rising floodwaters, things like that. power out amtion, where maybe they get hurt, via, you know, that type of situation. >> at st. barna bus, -- barnabu, you are on the cutting edge of emergency medicine and you get a lot of action on friday and saturday night. is it your sense that you are presty well equipped for what could happen? >> >> caller: oh definitely, gregg. we are definitely at the highest level right now and we are fully equipped and waiting for the
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accidents to come in. so far, it's been fairly quiet. you know, we are getting cases coming in, but we haven't seen anything unusual or any you know, crazy increases in numbers so far. >> does that surprise you? i mean, twhapd during irene? >> caller: well, i have to tell you, i was here personally, the same way. and probably, it was exactly the same scenario. i think most people are heeding the warning and are staying home and staying put. and that's allowing them to stay safe and not, you know, causing the unnecessary injury or illness from occurring. >> yeah. similarity. so, so far, so good, right? >> caller: so far, so good. we are keeping our fingers crossed. like i said, we have extra staff on board tonight. everybody's bunking out at the hospital. we are waiting to see, you know, if we are needed. >> doctor, this is heather, i did want to ask you a question.
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i know you don't want to talk specifically about the situation right now at the new york medical center where they are evacuating people. but what happens when have you patients who are on ventilators? they have at least four infants on ventilator there is. they are having to evacuate them and take them out of the hospital, carry patients down the stairwells. how do do you that? >> caller: well, very carefully, obviously. but what they do is they have -- we have plans in place at every hospital. we have received patients from some of the low-lying hospitals. you know, this was not waited until the last minute. a lot of these low-lying areas have hospitals in them, have already set up where they were going to transfer their patients. we have received a number of patients from some of the hospitals in the flood zones. now, if they are carrying them down stairwells, that's tricky. but, you know, it has been done in the past and i am sure they will be successful with it today. fortunately, the infants aren in
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small units, they are not as big as carrying a bed or a stretcher down the steps. it is probably logistically easier. >> have you heard from nyu medical center aas to whether or not you will be receiving some of the people they have had to evacuate? >> caller: personally, myself, i haven't heard. i would need to have a conversation with our medical director, to find out if in fact, we will be receiving some of their patients. right up to this point, i have not heard anything. >> doctor, you do such great work at st. barnabus in the bronx. thank you for taking a few moments. best of luck to you throughout the night. hope it remains a pretty good one for you, thanks for having me. i wish all of and you your families a safe evening through the duration of the storm. >> thank you. keep it right here for continuing coverage of the super storm of 2012.
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any power. at this hour, 50 million folks in the storm's path are wondering when will the danger finally be over in i know of no better person to ask than our meteorologist for the latest from the extreme weather center. >> reporter: you know, it will be a couple of days before the threat is completely over. the storm is certainly going to ease in its intensity and the wind field, while it spreads out, the winds will be less intense the next couple of days. but we still have threats. take a look. this storm got down to 940 millibars of pressure, that's the lowest we have ever had, north of cape hatteras, north of that outer point in the outer banks. we have never seen a storm like this before. seeing this is just incredible. so many times people get really obsessed about the center of the storm or where it's going to make landfall. it made landfall in atlantic
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city. but look at the winds gusting so for away from it. madison, connecticut, 85-mile-per-hour gusts. lock island, 94-mile-per-hour gusts. because of the gust, long island, so many people without power. all kinds of respects of trees down all over the place and major problems. take a look at the temperatures, very cold air filling in behind this, so if you are without power or going to be without power, as the storm moves up to the west, it is going to be a very, very cold one. but also because of this warm air that we have here, we will is a tornado threat tonight and again tomorrow in new england. we have very strong winds here, still storms moving through and the threat for tornadoes. we can't rule that out. we have the storm. we have rain across maine. we have is itt still across virginia, north carolina and incredible snow and some very heavy rain bands still moving past new york city, you see the
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storms, cutting again across parts of connecticut. some of that will have gusty winds. we will see the winds throughout the day tomorrow, still in the tropical storm-force range, 40, 50 miles per hour. also getting reports of thunder-snow, you get lightning and thunder-snow with the storms. had that happens, that's a sign of very, very heavy snowfall happening across the central appalachians, and winds that are incredible. so we are seeing blizzard conditions across the central appalachians, flooding will be a concern, soing a few flood warnings begin to deminnish. but for maine and west virginia, a flooding threat that will go on. we have high wind warnings from ohio to georgia, up to maine and the blizzard warnings here, across west virginia and virginia. and the snow might see a flake or two in d.c., snow in north george jamountains and tennessee and kentucky. just an incredible thing to see
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the winter storm and blizzard warnings for a hurricane coming onshore. amazing. >> part of the problem, rick, is that you know, here in the northeast, a lot of the trees don't lose all of their leaves until november. and you know, we are not there yet. so you get snow and these kinds of winds and they're more prone to fall. >> have you more surface area for the wind to hit. so we are seeing all of these power outages. viseen 5.6 million homes without power. we say 5.6 million homes with multiple people living in homes. and with these power outages and that number's going to climb as the storm continues to batter these areas. it takes so long to get that kind of power back. so we are going to see people without power, i am sure for well over a week, cold temperatures, no power and election coming up in a week from tomorrow. potentially polling areas and
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places not having power. >> no. it's devastating, the effects on all kinds of things, economically and politically and, yes, personally, as people are really, like my wife and children, huddling in the basement, with blankets and no power. it's a difficult situation. it could go on for days and days and days. all right. thanks very much. >> heather? >> there is a wives' tale that says if there is thunder-snow, there will be more snow two weeks later am hopefully that wives' tale is not true. >> wives are always really, really smart. >> there was snow here in new york city as well. i am on the 41st floor, this afternoon, right before the crane collapsed this afternoon, i looked out and there were snow flurries around my building. and shortly after, debris from the crane that collapsed. yeah. >> debris. >> bad situation. >> stay clear. >> a lot of folks in the northeast in dire straits because of this historic storm
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and in times like these, of course, the red cross always there. stif bear with the american red cross on long island, new york, is here. are you there in. >> caller: yes, i am. >> thank you for joining us. how many shelters are open in and how many people are in them tonight? >> caller: i just left a couple of hours ago, the shelter in the community college. there were 500 people... just about all of them fast asleep. after having a good dinner in the shelter and comfortable and, you know, packed it in for the night. i am sure early in the morning, they will be anxious to leave. >> 500 people in just one shelter alone. how many shelters are open, do you know? >> caller: i believe suffolk county had four and three in nassau. >> a lot of people were told to evacuate and they heeded the warnings. what about meeting the medical
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needs of the people who there are in the shelters? are you equipped to do that? >> caller: oh, yes. we had a bunch of partnerships. it seems to have worked very well. the people who really had the serious medical needs were segregated. there were people in the general population shelters with wheelchairs and canes and walkers. but everyone was generally in a good mood and being, you know, friendly and warm and comfortable. >> as you spoke to some of those people at the shelt ther evening, what were some of the main worries that they shared with you, things they are concerned about. no doubt their homes and wonder if their homes are okay? >> caller: that's always the biggest thing. tomorrow morning, when day breaks, they will want to leave as soon as possible. i hope the timing is right that they can leave safely because we don't want people driving through flooded streets where you don't know what's under the water. you could have a sinkhole or a
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big hole in the street and then you have a real problem with people. so, we are going to try and have the people stay at least through breakfast, until daylight and you know, to avoid traffic problems and things like that. i understand that there are a lot of traffic lights that are out. that's a very good follow-up question for you. how will people be told whether or not it's avto return with the power outages? will you go to the shelters, individually to let people know they can return home -- and who will make that decision? >> caller: a partnership with the police department is really good and the county emergency operations center is real good. they will let the people know when -- we have television sets that we have had in the shelter. so the people know what's going on outside. >> okay, desperate. no doubt, they will be watching fox news to see the very latest. >> caller: i'm sure. i'm sure. >> i do are one other question. there was a no drink water order
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for long beach and mills neck. is that affecting your shelters? >> caller: no. we have pleny of bottled water. the people who have hunkered down in their houses, those who would like to come in and have breakfast with us, please, come on over. >> okay. have you room. thank you so much. we appreciate you joining us from the red cross there long island, new york, thank you. >> caller: thank you. >> great organization. what would do we do without the red cress? >> they are always there. >> and they are always working tirelessly to help everyone. keep it here for our continuing coverage of the monster storm. after the break, we will go to craig boswell in new jersey with the latest look at the pictures there. that's long beach island, new jersey. boy... pretty rough. i'm a conservative investor.
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>> new jersey is one of the areas hardest hit by this monster storm, widespread flooding and power outages. we join craig bos welfor the latest from absecan, new jersey, what's going on there? >> reporter: good evening to you, at absecon, new jersey. we are just outside of atlantic city. we had to move out of atlantic city way early because of the flooding. it had gotten so high, we had to move up to higher ground. we thought we might be out of the wood when is the winds died down and the rain died down. but it picked back up. it has picked up in torrents. the wind has picked back up. i can't imagine what it's like for people who had their homes damaged. i grew up in the south. i must be insulted by these winds and rains and the temperature dropped 20 degrees, i can't imagine what it's like
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to have your home damaged and to be in 4 or 5 feet of water and you might be faced with snow flurries when you wake up to deal with the damage. that's what the people are dealing with in new jersey, as the storm continues to move through this area. we -- just eight while ago, looked over to our right and saw this blue hue go up into the sky, a transformer ploding. then we saw the road go black, as the power went out on up and the power here at the on telewhere we are, where many of the families that have come out of atlantic city have come here to stay, hoping that they would stay warm and dry, throughout this storm. they have lost their power here. we won't know until daylight tomorrow what actually has transpired in atlantic city, down the road here with that combination of the high tide, high tide on a full moon and then the storm surge that was
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coming across with hurricane sandy. they were expecting a very tide. we won't know until tomorrow. we saw the video, earlier, much of the boardwalk in north atlantic city, ripped apart and wash ashore. we won't know how much of that boardwalk will be there tomorrow. i am sure huge chunks will be missing. we won't know to the south, how many people, actually stayed and how many people left. we won't know the results of the water rescues and west atlantic city that were going on late in the evening. a lot of unworried questions here. we will have to find out in the light of day tomorrow, gregg. >> craig, thanks very much from absecon, new jersey. >> the big apple taking a big hit. we have been take talking about this all day long, hundreds of thens without power, just in lower manhattan, a flood zone. a storm surge shutting down all
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subway buses and trains and water rising in the battery tunnel. that's the image, right there on the screen. we will have the latest on flooding and storm surge all of that is coming up. stay with us. [ male announcer ] kids grow up in no time... marie callender's turkey breast with stuffing is a great reason to slow down. creamy mash potatoes, homestyle gravy and 320 calories. marie callender's. it's time to savor.
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>> welcome back, truly powerful images emermging from this monster storm. storm chasers arbitration jumping at the chance to catch those images, experienced photographer jim reid has a new book out, fittingly called, storm chaser. we have him on the phone to talk about that and the magnificent pictures we are seeing from this storm this, monster storm, frankenstorm sandy. are you there? >> caller: hi, heather. how are you? >> i understand you have been at this for 21 years, have you chased these storms. how did this one compare? >> caller: this is new territory. in the two decades i have been photographing hurricanes and tornadoes, i have never seen anything like this. i was very impressed with the way the forecasters both governmentally and privately hammed this so far in advance. >> have you covered many
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hurricane, katrina and isaac. compare, if you can, for us, some of the images you are seeing of sandy and images that you yourself took from those two storms? >> well, katrina was a fascinating experience, very destructive and the biggest storm i think i have seen, certainly the most destructive hurricane. i was -- dicover isaac a few months ago and irene in new york city. people are learning very quickly, the power of water. it doesn't sound that dramatic. but, boy, when you see it energized and pushed up the way sandy was, it's an awakening. >> we have had at least 69 deaths reported from sandy, so far from when it touched down in the cribbia, to here across the east coast. what about the dangers of the storms? you personally? have you ever experienced close calls? >> hurricane charlie in 2004, intensified unexpectedly and turned and came into the ponte
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gorda area in florida and nearly killed my partner, greg, a meteorologist and myself. i have learned to be extra careful. i was very satisfied to see how much warning was given regarding sandy and how many people heeded that warning because, with today's technology and the skill we have, there is no reason to lose lives unnecessarily. >> speaking of today's technology, i think we can take a look at a picture from nasa, a picture speaks a thousand words and perhaps few images can define the magnitude of this monster storm than this one, snapped from the international space station. this is more than 900 miles wide, bearing winds of nearly 90 miles per hour. you know, jim, did you ever think you would have an opportunity to really be taking pictures of this massive phenomenon that would include, you know, massive snow amount,
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blizzard conditions in some ports of the -- parts of the country and fluting in others and high hurricane-force winds? >> caller: if we sat down and i showed you recorded notes and other photographs, having done this 21 years, there is a pattern. i have seen more storms, i have seen bigger storms and i can't tell you why, you but i have been shooting more pictures and brewing more people. i think we have entered a new age of weather. i hope this is the last sandy-type storm we ever have. but i fear with us just having irene last year. i think we are up to this is the 56th named tropical cyclone in 3 years, that we need to be ready for whatever might be next. >> we have to wrap you up. thank you for joining us. we appreciate it. >> we'll be right back. >> caller: thank you.
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